Unidentified Helicopter Shoots Passenger Boat In Rivers

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Rivers is one of the largest oil-producing states in Nigeria.

 

At least one person is reportedly in a critical condition after a yet-to-be-identified helicopter shot at a passenger boat along the Port Harcourt – Bonny waterway in Rivers State on Thursday night.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the wooden boat was ferrying traders and their goods from Port Harcourt to Bonny when it was targeted by the unidentified helicopter.

He said many were injured, but one person is reported to be in a critical situation after sustaining an injury which is believed to have affected his spinal cord.

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On the possible motive of the attack, the eyewitness who is a boat driver at the Bonny jetty in Port Harcourt, said the helicopter which he thinks was on surveillance duty, may have suspected the boat to be conveying illegally refined petroleum products, which is a common business in the area.

No security agency has claimed responsibility and the police are yet to make any comment regarding the incident.

Meanwhile, drivers along the waterway have demanded a thorough investigation into the incident.

According to them, the fear of their safety on the high seas has now been compounded with the recent incident.

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